Hobs: Best Buys
Which type of hob is going to be best for you? We've tested electric ceramic, gas, gas-on-glass and induction hobs so that when you buy a new hob, or when you have a new kitchen fitted, you can buy a quick-to-heat and easy-to-control hob.
We don't just heat food on the hob in our tests, we also carry out more than 20 ease of use assessments to find out which hobs are going to be the easiest to use every day. Our ease of use tests include assessments of how easy hobs are to clean, how easy they are to set the temperature and how cramped, or roomy, the hob is when you're cooking with four pans at once.
- You need a hob that can heat quickly and so we test how long each hob takes to heat a pan of water from room temperature to 90°C - the best hobs will save you time every time you use them.
- Your hob needs to be just as effective at low temperatures, otherwise you could end up with burned food - that's why we test how well each hob simmers rice pudding. The best hobs are easy to control when heating on low power but the worst are much harder to control and this means that your food could end up scorched and inedible.
- Some hobs are very poor for heat distribution around the bottom of the pan - we measure this to make sure that the food in the pan is receiving enough heat.
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What makes a Which? Best Buy?
We test thousands of products each year at Which?, in a controlled environment that enables us to accurately repeat each test on each product - meaning our reviews are directly comparable. We buy the products we test ourselves, and go through great lengths to shape our test programmes to match the way you use the products.
Find out more about how we test products and how we find the models that deserve to be Best Buys in the video below.
Hob reviews you can trust
Models from the biggest hob brands are tested at the Which? Test Lab – including AEG, Bosch, De Dietrich, Electrolux, Neff, Siemens and Zanussi. And we also test hobs from cheaper brands to see how they compare. Our tests are made up of the two things we all use our hobs for: heating quickly and simmering.
Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test ourselves, so our advice helps you to make the right choice first time and avoid costly mistakes.
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